Video: Don Nelson Says Knicks Fired Him for Wanting Patrick Ewing Trade for Shaq

LOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES: Shaquille O'Neal of the Los Angeles Lakers (L) eyes the basket as he moves past Patrick Ewing of the New York Knicks during their 02 April 2000 game in Los Angeles, Ca. (ELECTRONIC IMAGE) AFP PHOTO/Vince BUCCI (Photo credit should read Vince Bucci/AFP/Getty Images)

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Don Nelson only coached one season with the New York Knicks, but his suggestion that eventually got him fired might have altered the course of the franchise.

On Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, the former NBA coach discussed telling ownership to trade Patrick Ewing for Shaquille O’Neal:

“It cost me my job,” Nelson said. “I said, ‘You need to trade Patrick Ewing and you need to trade him right away. There’s a guy by the name of Shaquille O’Neal that’s available and would love to come to New York. We can jump in there and beat the Lakers out and get this guy and we should do it.’ And of course it got back to Ewing and I was toast.”


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via Bleacher Report – NBA

June 25, 2019 at 04:17PM


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